Coral Reef Project

Eilat - Israel

Only $1,365 per week!

Join the valiant efforts of conserving the beautiful coral reefs in the gulf of Eilat.

On this exciting yet relaxing beach program, you will help maintain and preserve Israel’s cultural and natural heritage, by working with local park rangers on a variety of important activities and duties throughout the coral reserve. You’ll learn about Israel’s local marine life and get a close up experience with its animals!

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Program Description

Out of the 11 kilometers of Eilat beach that is located within Israeli territory, 1,200 meters have been declared a nature reserve. The Coral Beach Reserve was one of the first nature reserves to be declared in Israel.

The Coral Beach Nature Reserve offers a spectacular combination of coral; creating colorful underwater ‘gardens' with butterfly fish, parrot fish, Julie fish, nocturnal fish and many other species, including sea lilies, giant shells and much more. It is one of the most densely populated' coral reefs in the world and the only one in Israel.

You will become an integral part of the staff that aims to protect this fragile Coral Reef Reserve from countless threats. The work you will do is heavily dependent on which season it is in the country. During the high season (summer) much of your work will center around preparing the beach for tourists. It is of the utmost importance that the beach area remains trash-free so that floating debris does not disturb the ecosystem.

Duties include:

  • General maintenance
  • Beach cleaning
  • Beach observations
  • Informing visitors about the beach rules (swimming areas, use of snorkeling gear, etc.)
  • Water buoy maintenance
  • Assisting park rangers

In order to be a part of this project, you must be a great swimmer in good physical fitness. A huge amount of the work being done is in the water and you will need to be able to cope with tides, waves and currents, although usually they are not strong. You should also be able and willing to endure the hot climate of Israel!

Aims & Objectives

  • Help the local conservation staff achieve their daily objectives in the daily upkeep of the reef
  • Give you a fun and relaxing experience on the beautiful beaches of Israel!

Schedule

Sunday to Thursday

A typical day: You should expect to wake up early and be ready to start working around 09:00. You will help the rangers prepare the beach in the morning and then start with a special project. Your day will finish at around 14:30, leaving you plenty of free time to enjoy the beach, snorkel, scuba dive or take a break from the heat.

   Note:   This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age: 21

Maximum age:

Minimum English level: Basic

CRB required: On Signup

Passport copy required: No

Resume copy required: No

Required qualification: None

Additional Requirements

  • Medical clearance (for participants over 40 years of age)
  • Full travel & medical insurance

Additional Equipment

  • You must bring a waterproof rash guard with long sleeves

Location

This coastal hostel has great views and easy access to nearby necessities. The perfect location for your programs with us in Eilat.

About the Accommodation

This Hostel has a Communal kitchen and its lobby includes a snack & drink bar, lockers, internet PC's, breakfast, hot drinks. Enjoy a well kept sun terrace and garden with sunbeds, BBQ area & picnic benches.

Food Arrangements

Ingredients are provided, you will be expected to prepare your own meals in the communal kitchen as a team! You can also purchase breakfast, snacks and drinks at the hostel. There are plenty of markets nearby where you can buy groceries and you have full use of the kitchen at the hostel. If you wish to eat out, there are a variety of inexpensive options in the area.

Facilities

Eliat Shuttle pickup point, Central Bus Station nearby, cheaper supermarket all within walking distance. ATMs and other typical facilities are all nearby in Eilat township.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

Thanks to the relatively small size of the country and the convenient public transportation options, seeing and doing things outside of Eilat is easy. You can experience the spectacular amount of salt in the Dead Sea and lather yourself in the healing mud. Travel further north and enjoy Tel Aviv’s beaches, nightlife, museums and architecture as a large section of the city has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In the northern most section of the country you can visit the Sea of Galilee and the Galilee region, home to many historical and religious sites.

Transportation

From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):

  • Arava Valley
  • Jerusalem
  • Negev
  • Tel Aviv

Quick Facts

Name: State of Israel

Population: 8 million

Capital: Jerusalem

Language: Hebrew and Arabic

Currency: Israeli New Shekel (ILS)

Time zone: UTC +2

Country Information

Despite its small size, Israel boasts an unbeatable amount of things to do that will delight every traveler’s senses. From religious sites and archaeological wonders to lively cities packed with history and nightlife and breathtaking natural landscapes that will leave even the pickiest of visitors awestruck.

Israel has the highest number of museums per capita in the world. Moreover, Tel Aviv was ranked as the top ten city for nightlife and described as the “capital of Mediterranean cool” by Lonely Planet. This tiny country is the Holy Place of Jews, Muslims and Christians and many biblical places concentrate here. Float in the Dead Sea, get lost in infinite deserts, discover Jerusalem, enjoy Tel Aviv – Israel has something to offer to anyone’s tastes.

Climate

The northern part of Israel has a Mediterranean climate (hot, dry summers and cool, rainy winters). The south and east have an arid climate.

The rainy season starts in October and lasts until the beginning of May, with the northern parts of the country receiving noticeably more rain than the south.

Culture

Israel is considered part of the Holy Land of Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Bahaism, who all have significant ties here. Tiny in size, Israel contains a vibrant history and mixture of cultures and personalities. Even though it was officially founded in 1948, the country’s history goes back to the beginning of human civilizations.

Israel boasts a mix of culture like no other, with a complex history to back it up and hence, it is a destination that has fascinated travellers and pilgrims for centuries on end.

Gastronomy

Israeli cuisine adapts many styles of Jewish gastronomy, namely Mizrahi, Sephardic and Ashkenzi cooking, brought by Jews from the Diaspora. Middle Eastern foods such as falafel, couscous, hummus and more are also popular in the country. Another great influencer has been the Mediterranean region, as many items common to the area are available in Israel and commonly incorporated into every-day dishes.

Kosher foods are also a big part of the Israeli cuisine. Kosher incorporates all food that conforms to the Jewish dietary law known as kashrut. For example, laws that form the kashrut prohibit the consumption of pork and shellfish.

Transportation

Bus

Buses in Israel are cheap, fast, reliable and the most common public way of transportation for both Israelis and tourists alike. Note: From Friday at sunset until Saturday dusk (Sabbath), buses don’t run in most of Israel.

Another thing worth noting is that soldiers use buses to travel to and from their bases and it is typical to see buses packed with soldiers who are often armed. This is common and nothing to be alarmed about, as it is mandatory for most Israeli citizens to go through military training.

Train

The train system in Israel was recently modernized. You can expect a high level of comfort if travelling by train but in return, tickets can be quite pricey in comparison to bus fares. But take note: from Friday at sunset until Saturday dusk (Sabbath), trains don’t run in most of Israel.

Minivans or “monit sherut”

They are faster than normal buses and can be hailed from anywhere. They run even during Shabbat.

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